Dr. Willingham joined the Decatur Pediatric Group in November 2001. Prior to joining the Decatur Pediatric Group, Dr. Willingham practiced medicine in the state of Georgia as a staff pediatrician at Gwinnett Medical Center from 1998 through 2001.
Dr. Willingham received her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1990 and completed her Doctorate of Medicine in 1995 from Howard University School of Medicine in Washington, DC.
Dr. Willingham is board certified and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has served on numerous committees within the chapter to include the the Legislative committee since 2006. She has been the Chair of the Legislative committee since 2009. In 2007, she was awarded the Pediatric Leadership Alliance Award and later the Young Physician of the Year
Award in 2008. More recently, she received the Special Achievement Award by her colleagues at the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2010. Dr. Willingham has been appointed to the national AAP’s Committee on Federal Government Affairs which provides strategic guidance on child advocacy with the White House, Congress, federal agencies, and numerous AAP councils, sections, and committees.
Dr. Willingham is an adjunct faculty at Emory University and Morehouse Medical College. Lastly, Dr. Willingham has co-authored a chapter on Failure to Thrive in Succinct Pediatrics and has given numerous presentations in the community as a professional speaker.
Dr. Willingham has dedicated her efforts to provide the utmost quality care by utilizing the latest technology available to revolutionize the practice of medicine and deliver the best quality medical care to her patients in the Atlanta community.
She feels that it is important to be an advocate for all children and agrees with Marian Edelman Wright and John F. Kennedy who once said – “If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much” because “children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.”